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Letter: Fundamentalists of Secularism

This is in response to Tom Zirpoli's July 24 opinion column, "Fundamental flaws in reasoning."

Yes, there are fundamentalists of all stripes, including fundamentalists of secularism, who congregate not in churches or synagogues or mosques, but in the halls of academia. They are typically paid comfortable salaries from the hard-earned money that their students' parents have managed to put aside for tuition. That is why there is such a burgeoning amount of home schooling now being done among families that value moral fundamentals which are often informed by religious faith.

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Some of us simply don't accept that abortion is health care. To insist that it is, is an example of secularist fundamentalism. Some of us don't believe that the abortion industry practices medicine at all. Newly accredited, young doctors traditionally take the ancient Hippocratic Oath in which they swear to "do no harm." Abortion does harm to both mother and tiny one. It does fatal harm.

To mandate that we all must pay for abortions with our tax dollars is a blatant example of secularist fundamentalism. Yet we do. Planned Parenthood is the largest provider in this nation's multi-million dollar abortion industry, and it receives many millions of federal tax payer dollars every year. Some of us have a fundamental problem with that.

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To say that Planned Parenthood serves the general health care needs of poor women is a secularist's euphemism. It is more accurate to say that Planned Parenthood performs an inordinately high percentage of abortions on African American and Hispanic women. This is in line with the eugenic agenda of its founder Margaret Sanger, and it is fundamentally racist.

Michael Hurley

Eldersburg

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